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Rural businesses charged more for postage

David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, has expressed concern for rural businesses in Scotland after a report showed they pay additional postage costs.

The report, issued by Citizens Advice Scotland, showed that additional charges are added based on geographic location.

“Businesses in rural areas such as Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale are already facing challenges through their location, without having unreasonable extra charges thrust upon them. I wholly support this CAS report...and call on these companies involved to also take note of and meet its recommendations.”

– David Mundell, MP

The report found that:

  • Almost nine out of ten businesses regularly faced an additional surcharge for delivery due to their geographic location
  • 76%, a total of more than 15,000, felt the costs of ordering items online had a ‘substantial impact’ on their business
  • 80% of respondents regularly encountered that surcharges were imposed, due to their location, on orders that stated 'free delivery'

MP criticises high postal charges

The MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, has expressed concern after a recent report showed high delivery charges to rural businesses in Scotland.

David Mundell MP is concerned for small businesses within his constituency Credit: David Mundell MP

David Mundell MP said the report, published by Citizens Advice Scotland, showed that rural businesses had additional postal charges applied to their orders, even when 'free delivery' is advertised.

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Dumfries MP David Mundell returns from Syrian refugee camp

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP David Mundell visited a Syrian refugee camp in eastern Turkey as part of a fact finding trip to better understand the continuing humanitarian crisis.

The visit also provided an opportunity to see firsthand the work that is taking place to support refugees as a result of generosity in the UK and around the world.

“The bustling Turkish City of Gaziantep gives away no obvious sign that it is only an hour’s drive from the bloody conflict that is turning Syria into one of the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War.

"Other countries can learn a great deal from how the Turks have dealt with their guests, the term they use rather than refugees...However, the answer from everyone I asked about what more we could do to improve the conditions for them as refugees, was simply whilst they were grateful for our support, what they wanted was the end of the conflict."

– David Mundell MP

Dumfries MP pays tribute to David McLetchie

The Scottish Conservative Chairman, and MP for for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, David Mundell has paid tribute to David McLetchie - who has died aged 61.

“David McLetchie made an outstanding contribution to Scottish politics and public life and will be greatly missed by our party.

“He ensured that the Scottish Conservatives were ready and able to take up the challenges of the creation of the Scottish Parliament and was one of the big beasts of the post devolution era.

“He was renowned as a formidable debater and wit, and was quite simply great company.

“He always showed me great personal kindness and I will always be grateful to him for supporting me in my transition from business to politics as a new MSP.”

– David Mundell, MP

Mundell looks ahead to General Election and says Miliband is 'weak'

David Mundell
David Mundell MP Credit: ITV News

As well as criticising the last Labour government Mr Mundell also attacked its current leader Ed Miliband saying that in choosing him to replace Gordon Brown the Labour Party had, 'went from Mr Has-Been to Mr Never-Will-Be.'

He told Scottish conservatives that they faced two major battles in the near future, winning the upcoming referendum on independence and then the 2015 General Election.

He also took the opportunity to reiterate his support for Conservative leader David Cameron and told the conference that 'fine achievements' had been made during the last three years in coalition.

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Dumfriesshire MP calls for A708 improvements

David Mundell MP, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale is calling for road improvements Credit: ITV News Border

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP David Mundell is calling for action to improve a road that collapsed into a stream last month.

In April, a stretch of road on the A708 near to Grey Mare's Tail broke off after heavy rainfall, but has since reopened.

The road runs between Moffat and Selkirk and is an important tourist route linking the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway.

The collapsed section of road between Moffat and Selkirk Credit: ITV News Border

Independence campaigns begin is southern Scotland

David Mundell MP, has been speaking to residents in St Boswells today about the Better Together campaign.

"It is very important that we have a positive campaign about Scotland staying in Britain.

"It isn't just about saying that independence wouldn't be best for Scotland, it is about setting out our positive vision for Scotland continuing to be part of the family nations in Britain, we are finding that is very well received on the doorstep, but people's big question is what would independence mean for me, and they just don't know."

– David Mundell MP, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, Scottish Conservatives

Maggie Stanfield is an Ambassador for the Yes campaign and she says people do need to be more award of both arguments.

"We have lots of campaign events planned. Every weekend we will have a Yes campaign stall in one of the Borders towns.

"We get mixed receptions of course and we enjoy that, we want to explain to people why we think Scotland will be better off independent."

– Maggie Stanfield, Ambassador, Yes campaign

Mill job losses "devastating for Langholm" says Dumfriesshire MP

Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell has expressed his disappointment over the news that Langholm based textile mill Reid and Taylor has entered administration, with the loss of 35 jobs.

The firm has been manufacturing luxury cloth and fabric since 1837.

"This is devastating news for Langholm and is a real blow for the whole community and textiles industry based there.

"Right now the priority must be to help and support for those facing job losses, and everyone involved needs to work together to try and find a way forward.

"This will be a distressing time for those who have lost their jobs and my thoughts are with them and their families.

“I will continue to keep in close contact with the administrators and local agencies so that I can do everything possible to support the affected individuals and the community.

There are now big questions over the future of the business and the site, but given the way the business and manufacturing rights were structured the outlook is not positive at this time.

“The speed at which this situation has unravelled is unfortunate, and we must now focus on ensuring that whatever happens to the existing business that the site will be able to be put back into use and that a buyer can be found.

"I will remain in contact with the administrators and will continue to monitor events closely and work on behalf of the local community for the best possible outcome.”

– David Mundell MP, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, Scottish Conservatives
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